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coastal views?

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coastal views?

Hi! I've heard the coastline around Vancouver is gorgeous, with some fjordlike structures. What is the best area to visit for viewing the beautiful coastline? Can you take a specific ferry to some of those areas, or how to access it?

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1. Re: coastal views?

You can drive 30 minutes north-west of downtown Vancouver to the village of Horseshoe Bay to admire Howe Sound, which is a fjord. You can drive along the Sea to Sky Highway which is the highway that connects Vancouver to Whistler - it follows the east coast of Howe Sound for the first hour.

If you want to spend more time than just a day trip, you can take a 40 minute ferry from Vancouver to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast and you feel like you're a million miles away from the city, despite being so close. There are several fjords on the Sunshine Coast, but my newly discovered favourite is the West Coast Wilderness Lodge which is in the community of Egmont, about an hour and a half drive north of the Langdale ferry terminal (just under 3 hours from Vancouver).

I had never seen such jaw-dropping scenery on the Sunshine Coast until I visited there just last week. If you're looking for an overnight stay or two, I'd recommend going there, for sure. Here's their photo gallery:

http://wcwl.com/site/Photo-Gallery.html

Of course, you don't *have* to take ferries and go on overnight stays, but that's where I'd go if I wanted to spend a few days surrounded by that kind of scenery.

Edited: 08 May 2012, 23:58
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Why not rent a speed boat? There are a few rental places and from these you can make a run up Indian Arm, a protected fjord or Howe Sound which is less protected. You can see some of Indian Arm on Youtube. http://www.boatrentalsvancouver.com/ http://www.boatrent.ca/ and this one in Howe Sound also has guided zodiac tours as well as rentals: http://www.sewellsmarina.com/boatrentals.html

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Wow, those pictures from that lodge are certainly gorgeous!!! Does the ferry ride up there take you past some of the beautiful scenery? If so, thatcould be just what we are looking for! Things to do for day trip once there?

We are going up to Whistler on the Sea to Sky highway. Will we see the fjords at Howe Sound and see some beautiful lakes near Whistler? Is the Indian Arm/ Langdale trip unique to what we would otherwise see and therefore worth the extra trip? Thanks for your help!

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On your way to Whistler, you will pass through Squamish. Howe Sound is the water right next to the highway to Squamish on the way north.

Indian Arm is to the east of Vancouver and extends quite a way north.

Langdale is a ferry ride across the mouth of Howe Sound to the continuation of the mainland. If Howe Sound did not cut into the coast, Langdale would be a "drive" away instead of a ferry ride.

Indian Arm is sheltered water, Howe Sound is less sheltered. The Sunshine Coast is IMO much rockier and rugged with lots of Arbutus trees (madrona) that Indian Arm.

On the following map, Indian Arm is east of Vancouver and extends from Belcarra right up to Wigwam Inn. You can see why it is sheltered water, it's far removed from the Strait of Georgia. In the mouth of Howe Sound are Bowen, Gambier and Anvil Islands, then it extends right up to Squamish. The ferry terminal at Langdale is just next to Gambier.

http://g.co/maps/xpc3c

You really need to be out on a boat to experience the "coast line." You might like to know about Harbour Ferries Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise:

http://www.boatcruises.com/

Edited: 09 May 2012, 05:49
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The most beautiful fjord in BC, and perhaps the world, is Princess Louisa Inlet, at he head of Jervis Inlet, reachable only by water or float plane. WCW Lodge, previously mentioned, has tours by both modes, so a stay there would deliver some outstanding results.

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This area sounds fantastic. We have only 6 full days to explore the area. We will spnd 2 of those nights in Whistler and are trying to prioritize our other plans for the last 3 nights. The luncheon boat trip looks interesting, and I also see a cool trip guided by indigenous people (Takaya) that sounds very intriguing.

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8. Re: coastal views?

Would you say a visit to Indian Arm could be combined on a day-trip visit to Lynn Canyon?

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9. Re: coastal views?

It would be a very long day to take a cruise up Indian Arm AND go to Lynn Canyon.

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How much time do you need to give Lynn Canyon, with hike to bridge an past it a bit on trails? Should I give a full day for this? I thought maybe they were in the same area, as Indian Arm....The Indian arm tours are either 4 hours for the luncheon one, or 2 hours with Takaya.